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October 30, 2008

Ken Shamrock Opens New Training Center in Connecticut

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Ken Shamrock’s World Renowned Lion’s Den Mixed Martial Arts (MMA) Training Facility to Open in Middletown Connecticut

Middletown, CT. – October 9, 2008 – Ken Shamrock’s Lion’s Den Middletown, Connecticut’s premier 16,000 square foot Mixed Martial Arts training and fitness center, will be celebrating its grand opening the weekend of November 1st. CEO and President Douglas Cartelli, an Xavier High School alumni, has appointed long time friend and former cruiserweight boxing contender Craig Salamone, who is also an Xavier alumni, as Vice President of Operations and Director of Boxing for the Lion’s Den Training facility. In addition to having the most comprehensive MMA training center in Connecticut, it is their goal to help revive the sport of boxing in the state.

This impressive multi-level state-of-the-art facility has over 14,000 square feet of training space, with top of the line cardio and weight training equipment, over 60 hanging bags for conditioning, two professional boxing rings, a full size competition hexagon for mixed martial arts and two large areas of mat space for grappling and striking, which includes a 1,200 square foot caged in mat area. In addition, Lion’s Den Middletown has unrivalled amenities, such as full locker rooms, a phenomenal pro-shop stacked with name brand training gear and MMA apparel, a juice bar and lounge area in which to re-fuel, as well as a convenient in-house internet café.

According to MMA Legend and Lion’s Den Founder Ken Shamrock, “The Middletown Lion’s Den facility truly defines the ultimate MMA training experience. It is by far the most comprehensive training facility of its kind in North East, hands down. From the top notch equipment to the elite training staff, there isn’t a mixed martial arts training center in this state that can compete with what we have to offer.”

Ken Shamrock’s newest Lion’s Den offers a wide range of classes taught by the best boxing and mixed martial arts instructors in the industry, including former world champions. Each Lion’s Den instructor is an expert in their particular discipline. Classes are set up to accommodate men, women and children of all skill levels, from beginners to professional competitors. Members will have the unique opportunity to train with and along side Lion’s Den elite athletes. The cardio and weight training area are open 7 days a week and classes as well as private training sessions can be booked on-line at

Gym Grand opening on Halloween, 10/31

From Lions Den Connecticut website:

*FRIDAY, October 31 – Opens at 9am, No classes, 11am-2pm – Media & VIP day, Ken Shamrock special ‘MMA HOW TO’ Clinic, call to sign-up, last day for discounted sign-ups

*SATURDAY, November 1 – Opens at 9am, Official Grand Opening Day, Everyone invited, Ken Shamrock will be signing autographs all day

*SUNDAY, November 2 – Opens at 9am, No classes, Team Shamrock Tryouts for Professional Athletes Only, open to the public.

Instructors teaching at Ct. Lions Den

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu Coach

Joe Abate (Purple belt under Andrew Calandrelli)

Submission Wrestling

Blair Tugman (4-2 mma record, Bodog veteran and NJ State wrestling champion)

MMA Coach

Frank Latina (IFL Veteran, (4-2 record)

Ryan Verret (1-1 mma record)

Boxing Coach

John Scully

Pito Cardona

John Callas


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